18th September - 18th December, Thessaloniki
Elina Ioannou was born in 1979 in Cyprus. She lives and works in Limassol. She studied interior design at the Frederick University of Cyprus. She went on with her graduate and postgraduate studies at the École Superieure des Beaux-Arts de Montpellier, France. She has presented her work in the following solo shows: 39.2 m² And I Have No Reason To Lie, Omikron Gallery, Nicosia, Cyprus (2010) / Caught In The Act, Nicosia Municipal Art Center, Nicosia, Cyprus (2009). She also participated in the following group exhibitions: OCC one (Original Certified Copy one), TinT Gallery, Thessaloniki and 50-1 Gallery, Limassol, Cyprus (2011) / Cyprislandia, Reykjavik Art Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland (2011) / Reveries Of Will, Art From The Land Of Cyprus, Vamiali`s Gallery, Athens (2011) / Drawing Stories 2, Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center, Athens (2011) / Between You And Me And The Wall, Omikron Gallery, Nicosia, Cyprus (2011) / Drawing Stories, 50–1 Gallery, Limassol, Cyprus (2010) / Rooms 2010, Kappatos Gallery, Athens (2010) / Five Years Later, La Menuiserie, Rodez, France (2010) / Our Creative Diversity: Kairos, 13th Biennale of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean, Puglia, Italy (2008) / 3rd AAW International Youth Salon 2008, Atelier d` Alexandrie, Alexandria, Egypt (2008) / Artistic Direction - Let it Come Let it Go, (Omada en Drasi), 7th Dance Platform, Rialto Theatre, Limassol, Cyprus (2007) / TANZherbst Festival, Dresden, Germany (2007) / Pourquoi Ne Pas Courir dans l`Atelier, La Menuiserie, Rodez, France (2005) / Symposium on Sculpture - Afrique-France, Blachere Foundation, Joucas, France (2004) / #@!, Christian Besson, ESBAMA, Montpellier, France (2004).
The works -to be exact: their representations- consist of everyday objects, sculptures and amphorae, architectural details, dates, places and references. Printed on paper, these images -coming from various eras and sources, such as magazines, brochures, art books, museum archives, as well as natural photographs- are applied on flat surfaces, made of concrete and polystyrene. Some of these constructions stand alone freely; others balance on each other or lean on the walls, flirting with the architectural landscape. A big representation with a flat perspective.
So much history and so many materials and techniques, references and symbolisms, do not make a coherent whole nor do they intend to narrate a meaningful story. Each one escapes from its boundaries and makes something new, their only thing in common being their aesthetic intention.
The sophisticated processing of the images co-exists with the formalist manner of the materials’ approach they represent, in combination with the aloofness and distance -caused by the aspect of representation- of the approach, from the object itself, contribute to an abstract result. The borders separating the three-dimensional image and the flat volume are lost somewhere between the present and the past, between popularity and anonymity between reality and myth.